9 Easy Steps for Senior Citizens to Protect Themselves and Their Homes
Senior citizens are often seen as easy targets for robbery, burglary and similar crimes. As such, it’s important for seniors to be well-informed and to take every possible precaution to protect themselves from break-ins, fraud and other crimes.
There are a few easy steps that seniors (and their families and caregivers) can take to ensure that they remain safe and secure, as discussed in a recent Senior Living blog post. We’ll summarize those steps below.
Protect Your Identity
- Don’t have regular monthly checks – such a pension or Social Security checks – sent through the mail. Have them direct deposited instead.
- Don’t include sensitive personal information in emails or text messages.
- Beware of scams – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Increase Your Home Security
- Make sure all doors are locked when you’re both at home and out. Lock windows as well.
- When someone knocks on the door, use a peephole or small window to verify their identity before opening the door.
- Don’t leave a door key under the doormat or hidden in another location near the door. Give keys to trusted family members or caregivers, or install a smart lock that can be operated remotely.
- Install motion sensor lights near doors and in dark places throughout the lawn.
- Choose doors made from solid wood or metal, and ensure that the doorframe is strong.
- Invest in a home security system. Not only are security systems the best way to prevent break-ins, but they can also be valuable in medical emergencies, fires and more. Security systems are especially important for seniors who travel regularly or live in a different city for extended portions of every year.
At KMT Systems, we aim to ensure that all Atlanta-area senior citizens are well-protected and safe. Our home security systems and smart home automation can be easily customized to fit your needs and budget. Get in touch today to get started!